When I was young, my mother explained to me that I will always have a sign above my head; that people will always feel as if they already know what I will accomplish. She explained that some people will feel like I am a threat to them just because I’m a black girl. She told me that some people have low expectations for black people. They believe we will drop out of high school and not be able to get a job. People expect black females to get pregnant at a young age and not graduate. My goal is to shatter these expectations.
At my school, I sense racial tension between the students and teachers. I sometimes see white students get special privileges like certain field trips or having test answers given to them. Despite these inequalities, I am determined to succeed. In order to not get caught up in the expectations society has for black teenagers, I stay focused, prepare for tests, and keep education first. I try to be the best version of myself that I can be by getting good grades, making my family proud and being respectful.
I look forward to achieving my goal of graduating high school and eventually college with a four-year degree. I also keep short-term goals for myself which right now is to focus on the most important things in my life: my education and my family. As a black teenager, I want to see others achieve their goals and succeed. I want other black teenagers to take education seriously and no longer become what society believes we will become. I want myself and other black teenagers to destroy the expectations that society has for us and to tell our own story to the world.